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What to say and what not to say to students

In response to the BBC article on what not to say to exam stressed teens, here’s a few personal and unresearched notes on what might work. Any further ideas gratefully received! Want a cuppa? Support is what is needed. Not … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Greatest Idea? How to Deal with Error.

OK there will be times during this post that I’m going to refer to ideas about which I have only the faintest grasp. Like when a cat sees a car and knows only to get out of the way, my … Continue reading

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Some Context for Students: An Inspector Calls

It’s tempting to read a book in isolation; the characters are imagined, the action just happens and we speed through the plot to get to the ending. No spoilers please! However, everything is part of a more complex web and just … Continue reading

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Confidence: which is better, a guideline or a tightrope?

I pinned this photo of a painting on my Parents board on Pinterest yesterday. A mother, with the best of intentions, is laying out a guide for her daughter to follow. The daughter dutifully walks the line. Both of them … Continue reading

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My reading list revolution for 2014

Resolutions are bit of a non starter for me. Just after the excess of Xmas they always seem a little bit sub denomination Protestant rather than High Anglican; always a little bit more subdued and serious Brethren than bells and … Continue reading

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Who are the unseen children?

Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools, is in many of the papers today because of a report Ofsted have produced discussing the educational welfare of “unseen” students. Who are these ‘unseen children’? Are they unseen because they are poor? There … Continue reading

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Why we must be taught and taught well; why we must learn how to think well.

I’m a big fan of learning which should be more obvious than it is, because as a teacher it is often easy to become a big fan of teaching. Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching too, but I want … Continue reading

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